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After spending more than 25 years in the newspaper business (most recently at the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver), Michael Bialas is currently taking an online approach to his work. A writer, editor, amateur photographer and former college football player, he primarily has covered sports throughout his career. Among the games he enjoys playing now, though, are reviewing and writing about music, movies, TV and other activities that sometimes don't require a ball.

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Watch Fairground Saints Go Marching Into Heavenly Territory

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:12 AM

Mathematicians quick to point out that "three into one won't go" might want to think twice. After all, there are the Holy Trinity, the Three Musketeers and -- now presenting -- Fairground Saints.

This Los Angeles-based trio of gifted singer-songwriters with an aggregate age -- 68-- that's less...

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Sierra Hull Grows Up Strong, Takes a Step Beyond Bluegrass

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 6:43 PM

Nashville singer-songwriter Sierra Hull, one of the opening performers at the 43rd RockyGrass Festival this weekend, has impressed audiences with her mandolin playing since performing for her third-grade class in Byrdstown, Tennessee.

Coming up through the bluegrass ranks, she's making the leap in more ways than...

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Sneak 'Peak' From Heather Nova: Listen Now to 'Girl on the Mountain'

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:56 PM

There's something magically mysterious about Heather Nova and her measured musical climb.

Her poetic phrases, vivid images and moving melodies transport you to another world in another era, and the lovely sounds of her voice backed by the musicians' tasteful accompaniment make it seem like everything's going to...

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Cold War Kids Video Premiere: Learning to Take It 'One Song at a Time'

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Possessing all the tools, he's just like every football coach's wet dream.

Always giving it his 110 percent, this inspirational leader is in total control, whether it involves making the most of home-field advantage or stepping up during crunch time on the road.

Only you won't find Nathan...

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With High Roller (and Song Premiere), Sugar and the Hi-Lows Sweeten the Pot

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 3:30 AM

Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup just might be the nicest flesh-and-blood examples of superheroes trapped inside the meek, mild personas of everyday, working-class heroes. If this were the early '60s, they would have secret identities while sitting in accompanying cubicles, typing feverishly, hitting it off famously and creating...

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Personal Besties: A Double Dose of Honeyhoney

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 1:19 AM

A week before the June 9 release of honeyhoney's third full-length album -- a winning number appropriately titled 3 -- the hot-blooded duo was 75 minutes into its biggest headlining date in Denver when lead singer Suzanne Santo let loose:

I am yours to bear You're mine...
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Looking Back at the Hangout Heroes: San Fermin, Take a Bow

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Two weeks ago, the 2015 Hangout music festival officially began on the beach along the Alabama Gulf Coast, a setting that artists and fans alike agree is one of the most beautiful for an event of this magnitude.

With more than 70 acts, six stages and all sorts...

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One SHEL of a Story: 4 Fab Females Show Off Their New 'Baby'

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Homeschooled first by their mother while dad made a living as a musician, the Holbrooks were just normal kids who happened to share common interests in famous fab foursomes like the Beatles and the Marx Brothers.

Considering they ranged in age from 4 to 10 in the late 1990s,...

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Going Out With a Head Bang: 10 More Foo Fighters Songs for Letterman

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 4:58 PM

At first glance, Dave Grohl and Dave Letterman have little in common other than sharing the same first name.

While Letterman grew up in Indiana and was married for the first time in 1969, the same year Grohl was born in Ohio, the two eventually became power players...

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Hangout Snapshot, Day 3: Firekid Is a Hot Prospect Getting Closer to the Fame

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:30 PM

Growing up in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area, it didn't take long for Dillon Hodges to pick up a guitar and make it his lifelong obsession.

He started playing when he was 11 years old, and by the age of 17 as a senior at Florence High School, he was...

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Hangout Snapshot, Day 2: Elle King Is Queen for a Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 12:07 PM

Elle King grew up in southern Ohio but was made for Gulf Shores -- and the Hangout festival. The singer-songwriter whose full-length album debut Love Stuff was released in February, now lives in New York, likes to party, frolic in the ocean and speak without a net.

"I'm a...

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Hangout Snapshot: Get a Closer Look at Zella Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 12:17 PM

This spot the next several days will feature up-and-coming artists who were performing at the 2015 Hangout festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, from May 15-17. 

It kicks off with Zella Day, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Pinetop, Arizona, who now resides in Los Angeles. Her debut album, Kicker, will...

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Five Knives Is Living on the Cutting Edge in Nashville

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:57 AM

So kids, you say you want to be an EDM star?

Try this at home... if you dare.

"It's interesting just how much your life changes and where you think it's going to end up," Five Knives lead singer and part-time philosopher Anna M'Queen was saying over...

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Want Some Hangout Clout? My Morning Jacket's Jim James Is the Surreal Deal

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 2:30 AM

Is Jim James for real?

My Morning Jacket's mysterious frontman/guitarist/vocalist must enjoy keeping people guessing, bouncing from prestigious side projects to occasional solo work to incredible collaborations with the likes of Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford.

The trio joined Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Taylor...

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Meet Houndmouth, the Best Little Indy Rock Band in Americana

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 12:41 PM

When Houndmouth was ready to start its sophomore album, the fearless foursome went for broke and reached out to Dave Cobb to see if the Nashville producer would take on the project.

Cobb, right now one of the hottest names in the roots hierarchy, already has pushed artists such...

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Taking the Feel-Good With the Bad: There's More to Love in the Mowgli's

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:02 PM

Even the most upbeat person in the universe can't preach positivity 24 hours a day. That would be exhausting, even annoying. Playing in a band that relies on feel-good music at its core can have some challenges, too.

Just ask Colin Louis Dieden, one of the founders, lead singer-songwriters...

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Bands to Watch: Hangout at the Beach With... Kopecky

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 1:34 PM

As Kelsey Kopecky found out about eight years ago, playing in a band is a lot like growing up with your family.

So it made sense when her fellow student at Belmont University first suggested half-seriously/half-kiddingly that they put the two like-minded entities together with her name to create...

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Kid and Playful: Jessie Baylin Steps Out of Her Dark Shadow

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 2:02 PM

It was around this time three years ago when serious-minded singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin turned prankster, playing the trick of a lifetime on her mother.

"Mom, I just want to tell you, I'm not pregnant," Baylin said matter-of-factly.

"Oh, that's OK," Dori Baldassarre responded, figuring she would become a...

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Video Premiere: 'Home' Away From Home for Caravan of Thieves

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 9:14 AM

The life of a touring musician isn't often as glamorous as it might seem, so seeing it through the lens of a zany quartet known as Caravan of Thieves is a real eye-opener.

This group of part-vaudevillian, part-gypsy, part-musical shape-shifting madness is releasing its third studio album today...

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Beauty and the Best: Catching Up With the Wailin' Jennys

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:39 PM

The Wailin' Jennys could've been the Kardashians of Canada. If only ...

• They were three sisters, which they are, but just in the figurative, quote-unquote sense. (Besides that, one of them was born in Maine.)

• They fought like cats and dogs, which they apparently don't, judging by...

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